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New data on what connected cars are tracking

Publication date: 14 June 2016

On 14 June, results on data tracking and transfer for two connected vehicles were reported following investigations by FIA Region I member Club ADAC, the German Automobile Association. In addition to tests previously carried out, the new data suggests that different models and brands of connected cars are consistently tracking the data of drivers to a high degree. The results show that vehicle data is being shared with auto manufacturers every two minutes.


Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, said: “The results of the newly tested vehicles show that what automobile manufacturers are tracking seems to be consistently invasive across brands. Consumer choice is non-existent today, with the auto manufacturers as the default and only option with whom to share vehicle data. Consumers deserve better.”


New results from technical tests on connected vehicles.


Tracked data

Mercedes B-Class

Renault Zoe

Driver profile

Tightening of seatbelts due to sudden breaking

mileage in highway conditions

mileage in urban conditions

Charging state of the battery



Vehicle location

The vehicle’s GPS position (every two minutes)

GPS position (accessible on-demand by Renault and sent at max. 30 min intervals)


Maintenance information

Number of high engine revolutions

Mileage reading

Fuel consumption and level

Tire pressure

Charge level and cell voltage of the high-voltage drive battery




Based on these new findings, FIA Region I reminds policymakers about raising public awareness on vehicle data and calling for privacy legislation and a fair after-market for connected vehicle services. With connected vehicles, consumers deserve:




Legislation should ensure that drivers should retain ownership of the data and give informed consent on how it is used.



Drivers should have the right to choose their preferred service provider.



Service providers should have the right to develop safe products and functionalities.




Notes to editors


My Car My Data


In November 2015, FIA Region I revealed exactly what data new vehicles are able to track and transmit. Simultaneously, a public survey was also released, looking at the public’s familiarity with connected vehicles. Respondents, from 12 European countries, issued a clear message: 90% say that vehicle data belongs to the owner or driver of the vehicle. Citizens are most concerned about the disclosure of private information (88%), commercial use of personal data (86%), vehicle hacking and vehicle tracking. 95% of people surveyed believed that there was a need for specific legislation to protect their rights to their vehicle and driver data.


Results from the first technical tests:



Tracked data

BMW 320d

BMW i3

Driver profile

Length of time the driver used different driving modes

Tightening of seatbelts due to sudden breaking

Number of trips taken and the amount of kilometres travelled

Driving mode

How and where the car was charged


Vehicle location

Latest destinations entered into the navigation system

Last 100 parking locations

Where the driver connected to another form of transport (train/bus)

Maintenance information

Maximum engine revolutions

Mileage reading

Status of vehicle lights

Quality of the battery charging

Mileage reading

Charging plug use

Contact information

Personal information synchronised from mobile phones






About FIA Region I


The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 111 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, FIA Region I’s work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.




Andrea Campbell
Head of Communications, FIA Region I +32 2 282 0813

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